I'm coming off the high of a visit from a great friend. She and I have known each other over 12 years and she came to stay with me for several days while she was in town for a conference. As always, our conversations are delightfully peculiar, we get our brains clicking away at some new idea or theoretical problem to solve, every time. This visit we spent a great deal of time discussing the application of certain scientific theories in analyzing theatre performance practices. If I got into it here, I'd never shut up, but suffice it to say it had me happily working on a few formulae, calculating a factorial or two, and referencing Heisenberg and, of all dudes, Schrodinger--and it was extremely nerdy fun.
Speaking of nerdy fun, a piece I've written for Video Game Heart should be dropping this month! Grayson & Dara (Founders/Editors at VGH) are great to work with. Their site is full of personal & guest essays steeped in video game experiences and culture. Highly rec! And since my piece isn't out yet, check out my friend Tim's piece on what it was like to participate in a 48 hour game development marathon on a moving train.
This week, I'll be recording an episode with Eric and Tom, the gents over at the podcast You Don't Understand. The show is about getting together and sharing obsessions. This episode, it is Tom's turn to pick something he loves. He picked David Lynch's 1984 cult classic Dune. Y'all. Dune. I haven't seen this film since I was a small child, so I watched it a couple days ago in preparation for the taping. (Related: I now understand how most of my childhood nightmares came to be.) This movie is a rich tapestry of "Hold up, giant space slugs trippin' on cosmic acid just bent space and time?" and "Nope. Too many needles." It also has flaws that need addressing in the grander scheme of things, but was at the same time utterly riveting. I really look forward to talking about it.
If you're in the Chicago area, I'll be returning to the WRITE CLUB ring to defend my multiple wins on Tuesday, June 21st at The Hideout. The show is at 7p, and tix are $10--a portion of which goes into the winner's prize money--which goes to the charity of the winner's choice. C'mon out and help me send money to a great charity!
Last but certainly not least: An update on my podcast families <3
WBEZ's PleasureTown: As we continue writing season 3, we're to the point where we can begin casting and recording the first few episodes. It's really exciting to be on this side of the fence, seeing how it all happens and helping out with the nuts & bolts. This group really is a family. I can't wait for you to hear what we've been working on.
Reading Out Loud: ROL is already in the midst of its third season, and boy howdy have we got an array of stories ready for your ears with more on the way. We're also open for season 4 submissions, in case you've got some flash or short fiction kicking around in your brain that you need an excuse to put down on paper...we're taking submissions until June 30th.
That's it for now my lovelies!
Till next time,
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott